Patient at Franklin County nursing home tests positive for COVID-19, several others show symptoms

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LOUSIBURG, N.C. (WNCN) — Franklin County officials reported Tuesday evening that a resident at a Louisburg nursing home was positive for COVID-19.

Officials also reported that “several additional residents” were showing symptoms of COVID-19, but they had not yet been confirmed as coronavirus cases.

The case was confirmed at Louisburg Nursing Center at 202 Smoke Tree Way, officials said.

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“COVlD-19 in a long term care facility is a serious situation,” Franklin County Health Department officials said in a news release.

This case is Franklin County’s 18th COVID-19 case, according to state and county numbers.

“The protocol for addressing this in a long term care setting is for the Health Department to complete a site visit to ensure the facility is following proper protocols for patients and staff, and that all residents and staff are to be tested,” according to the news release.

Officials said the nursing center has enough testing supplies and that testing of all residents and staff is underway.

Earlier Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper reported that there have been 46 deaths related to coronavirus as North Carolina’s case total surpassed 3,200.

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